This season, Burton and his fellow seniors take up 12 spots on the varsity roster. At 9-1, they are enjoying the final few stops of their farewell tour. It’s an experience the close-knit group had been looking forward to for nearly three seasons.
It’s why this Thanksgiving game means so much to Burton. On a day dedicated to family and giving thanks, there’s nothing he would rather do than take the ball for his football brothers and repay their hard work in the trenches with another league title.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more than if we were to win that league title,” said Burton.
Catabia is a firm believer that, with a trainer to prepare him, some patience, and a team willing to take a chance, Burton could be a productive member of a Division 1 or a Division 2 college football team.
College football has been a dream of Burton’s for as long as he can remember — as well as earning a degree from a strong university — but as he starts to look back on what he’s been able to accomplish, Burton hopes to be remembered for something other than his knack for finding the end zone.
“I’ve always stayed humble throughout my whole career, and I wish people would remember that looking back,” said Burton. “The people that take credit for everything, and that claim everything they’ve done in their life is a product of their own talent or ability, those kids aren’t really liked by their peers.
“I’m not cocky. I don’t boast about everything that I do. I just do what I have to do, and I do everything I can for my team.”